Thursday, October 29, 2009

There was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong.


Here is a self portrait. I’m calling it Portrait of a lady in a dirty window.

Shocking, isn’t it?

However, it is apt!

Samhain, Nos Galan Gaeaf, Hop-tu-Naa, All Saints, All Hallows, Hallowmas, Hallowe'en or HALLOWEEN. It’s Theme Thursday and we’re talking about the festivals traditionally held at the end of the harvest season.

Huh?

No wonder Australians have trouble with the concept of HALLOWEEN. For the record, in my thirty-two L O N G years on the planet, I can’t say I’ve ever seen ghosts ‘n goblins, trick ‘n treaters or Michael Myers stalking Tasmania’s streets at the end of October. [That said, I did once see a woman as pale as a ghost turning tricks that looked like Michael Myers in late November one time.]

Despite the best efforts of Hollywood, sitcoms, and innumerable companies; it seems Australians are impervious to the [ahem] charms of a corporatized variant of a celebration of the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half"? It is only Spring here people, and despite all impressions otherwise, Australians are not that stupid.


Well, Tasmanian’s aren’t.



Some Tasmanian’s aren’t.




Well I’m not.





[Ahem]


I’ll get my coat.



Here’s a photo of Ez getting into the Samhain spirit to make up for it:

38 comments:

Brian Miller said...

cute pic of the little one...getting ready to go to college right? it will suck you dry paying for it. lol.

nice self prtrait as well...i like the title.

happy tt!

Kris said...

Brian, I am hoping that HECS will exist in some form if and when he makes that call. HE can have the debt!

Jasmine said...

Your kid is cute! Love the bling fang...s

Kris said...

Jasmine, and my wife still breastfeeds him!

Tom said...

scary kid there--yikes! No trick or treating? Well, i guess you're not missing much, except the candy. yum.

Kris said...

Tom, Henry believes that every day is one to beg lollies off me.

Skip Simpson said...

What an ADORABLE tyke! LOL! Nice post, and Happy TT!

Kris said...

Skip, he goes along okay.

Priyanka Khot said...

He is the CUTEST lil devil ever! I hope he is in a good mood through out his teen years... otherwise u have had it! :P

Kris said...

Priyanka, he was in an odd mood that evening. He was just shrieking for no reason.

It seemed to amuse him.

yamini said...

Lovely self portrait Kris, never mind the dirty window. Keep on clicking though. :-)

How did Ez react to that tempering with his photograph? That shrieking must have been because of the fangs, I guess.

Tash said...

Now I see the resemblance!

I to like the window portrait.

What do you all do for All Saints Day?

Ronda Laveen said...

This lady just wants to wash that window. I want to join you in your lighter half of the year. Your little vampy has some powerful juice in him.

Roddy said...

Scary my son. You look like someone I was recently told I am related to. You have an uncanny resemblance to him. I guess you are after all a McCracken.
You should get Ezra some dental work. I reckon those fangs would play havoc with his tongue.
I agree fully with Brian Miller. I am totally dry.

Wings said...

Fun post, especially love the title. :)

Happy Halloween!

JeffScape said...

Pretty cool... I just wrote a piece about how a thousand words sometimes pertains to pictures.

The title you gave the self-portrait gives that photo a lot of power. Nice.

JGH said...

Oh boy - you're in for it with that little devil!! Very cute.

e said...

What a cute little one! Happy TT.

Roy said...

It's funny. Unlike their Christian and/or secular counterparts, my Pagan friends downunder shift their seasonal celebrations to match the seasons down there. So while we in the Northern Hemisphere are celebrating Samhain, literally "summer's end", our counterparts in the Southern Hemisphere are celebrating Beltane, which we celebrate on May 1. And when we're celebrating Yule, the Winter Solstice holiday, they'll be celebrating Litha/Midsummer. Makes more sense, don't you think?

Betsy said...

I'm with Ronda...give me some Windex and a paper towel.

California Girl said...

I've never heard of Samhain until today! I've learned something new about this time of year.

Brian is right, she'll suck you dry by the time she goes to college. hahahahaha!

The Silver Fox said...

Better keep Ez away from any pets you may have...

Baino said...

Fanatastic . love your little vampire! Same in Sydney, despite the best efforts of the Chinese Guy with a "Scream" mask and a sandwich board, the Christmas Warehouse and JB Hi Fi won out .. hardly anyone in the Halloween superstore! I think we're finally clicking to the GoldMark holiday! "Lady" in a dirty window? Getting in touch with your feminine side?

Kris said...

Yamini, he just likes to yell sometimes.

A lot of times.

Kris said...

Tash, I have to confess that I was raised in an utterly agnostic climate, thus most of the Christian holidays remain outside of my experience.

The missus is a lapsed Catholic though, so she can fill me in on some of them!

I like the one with pancakes best...

Kris said...

Rhonda, I will admit that the window kind of disgusted me.

Kris said...

Roddy, yeah right.

Kris said...

Wings, my favourite scary film by some margin.

Kris said...

JeffScape, I find the titles easier than the photos!

Kris said...

JGH, and don't I know it!

Kris said...

E, you should see him dance.

Kris said...

Roy, yes it does!

And this is coming from someone who does the roast turkey with all the trimmings every Christmas, in the middle of summer.

Kris said...

Betsy, I'll give it a clean on Monday.

Kris said...

California Girl, I know Ez has lovely eyes, but he'd be a really blokey girl!

Kris said...

Silver Fox, no pets, just a wife and two kids.

Kris said...

Baino, I did make spicy pumpkin bread today, as some consolation to the day.

tony said...

Fangtastic!

Kris said...

Tony, but oh it hurts!